The beauty of the deep sea has been presented in recent movies, and this photo is an object I found on the coast of Matsuyama City, a corner of the Seto Inland Sea. It was late March, a day of high tide, and the coast was covered with tidal flats far into the distance, with beautiful striped patterns due to last night's strong wind. In the middle of the flats, there were a series of small stick piles stretching out to sea. As I approached, I was surprised. The rotten wood was covered with seaweed that formed shapes that reminded me of birds, dogs, fur seals, and squid. As I started to take pictures, the tide gradually came in, and before I could take enough pictures, they were submerged in the tide. I had visited there sometimes to meet this situation again, but due to the tide and weather conditions, they seldom appeared on the ground. In the summer, the algae rotted away, and in the winter, they gradually increased. I could not find anything as beautiful as that time, and only obtained more than 20 original plates.
Kiyoshi Niiyama "The Illusion of Tidal Flats" from "Camera Mainichi" (the Mainichi Newspapers Co.), 1955, October issue.
In commemoration of the 110th anniversary of his birth, Kinkan Gallery is pleased to present "At the Tidal Flats", an exhibition of photographs by Kiyoshi Niiyama.
Kiyoshi Niiyama (1911-1969) was a photographer active from pre-war to post-war, and left behind many works ranging from landscapes to portraits. His work was widely recognized by Otto Steinert, a German photographer who advocated "Subjektive Fotographie" (Subjective Photography), and is still appreciated both in Japan and abroad. After the war, from 1945 to 1952, Kiyoshi Niiyama returned to his hometown in Ehime. It was during this time that he visited the Imazu Beach in Matsuyama, where he happened to come across this kind of tidal flat landscape. He visited the beach many times after that, but it was only on that one day that he encountered this kind of scenery. In this exhibition, we will show about 15 works from a series of about 20 tidal flats photographs taken on that single day, including more than 10 vintage prints printed by Kiyoshi Niiyama. We are also planning to produce a photo book of "At the Tidal Flats". We hope you will take this opportunity to see them.
(Kyoko Ota, Kinkan Gallery)
*Sanitizing sprays are placed at the entrance, and air is changed periodically. Please wear a mask and disinfect at the entrance when you visit.
*In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, admission may be restricted for safety reasons.